** Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha

Gandhi Before India is an exhaustingly long book (almost 700 pages) that tells the lie of Gandhi before he was famous. We see him in his youth, trying to put together the funds quires to study law in the UK. We see him treating his wife quite poorly, moving between India and South Africa with little regard to her preferences. We see him callous towards his children, who are also pushed back and forth and apparently not worth much of his time or attention. And all in all, it’s a rather unremarkable life. Volume II should be more exciting, but I’m not sure I will have the fortitude to read it…

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